One of the television world’s most beloved and accomplished actresses has shocked fans with a bit of frightening news.
According to a tweet posted just moments ago, Julia Louis-Dreyfus has been diagnosed with breast cancer.
The actress, best known for her acclaimed work on Seinfeld and Veep, revealed the news to her followers with a plea for a greater understanding of the disease and improvements in treatment and research:
“1 in 8 women get breast cancer. Today, I’m the one,” Dreyfus wrote.
“The good news is that I have the most glorious group of supportive and caring family and friends, and fantastic insurance through my union,” the 56-year-old actress continued.
“The bad news is that not all women are so lucky, so let’s fight all cancers and make universal health care a reality.”
Earlier this month, Dreyfus won her sixth Emmy, breaking the record for most wins for a single role.
She and husband Brad Hall have two sons together.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, Dreyfus received the news of her diagnosis just one day after her historic victory at the 2017 Emmys.
In a statement issued to the outlet by HBO, network execs say they have every intention of going forward with their plan to have Dreyfus’ acclaimed comedy back for a final season.
Sources say Veep producers will adjust their shooting schedule as needed to accommodate Dreyfus’ treatment.
“Our love and support go out to Julia and her family at this time,” reads the statement.
“We have every confidence she will get through this with her usual tenacity and undaunted spirit, and look forward to her return to health and to HBO for the final season of Veep.”
Twitter was flooded with messages of support for Dreyfus within minutes of her announcement.
Many applauded the actress for taking a moment to address the need for universal health care while in the midst of what may be the most frightening ordeal of her life.
It’s a testament to the courage and compassion that Dreyfus’ co-stars and loved ones say is even more laudable than her impressive body of work.
Our thoughts go out to Julia and her family as they gear up for the fight of a lifetime.